Scotland voted Tuesday to offer a universal free access to menstrual products, becoming the first country in the world to do so.
The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously in favor of a bill establishing the legal right to have free access to tampons and pads.
Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the decision. “Proud to vote for this revolutionary law, which makes Scotland the first country in the world to provide free menstrual products to all those in need. “” One important policy for women and girls“he added.
“We all agree that no one should worry about their upcoming tampons or reusable pads,” Scottish Labor MP Monica Lennon, who proposed the text, declared in parliament.
“Scotland will not be the last country to relegate [la falta de acceso a productos menstruales] to history but we have the opportunity to be the first. It has been a long road, “he added.
Tampons and pads are free for high school and university students in Scotland, but the bill now imposes an obligation on ministers to establish a plan at the national level to ensure a universal access.
Schools, colleges and universities should also make a range of menstruation products available in their toilets. The Scottish government may oblige public bodies to provide these products free of charge.
Aileen Campbell, secretary for communities and local government, said the law sends an “important message about the kind of country Scotland wants to be.”
“It’s a Scotland […] where no one has to go through the indignity of using inappropriate materials to hide your period or stretch the family budget to buy products for their children […] a Scotland where no one has to hide a tampon up their sleeve, “he said.
The cost of the measure is estimated at about 11 million euros ($ 13 million) a year.